by Felicity Marshall
Only until a few thousand years ago, great beasts once roamed planet Earth; pleistocene megafauna is the set of large animals that lived on Earth during the Pleistocene epoch. They are creatures which could exist in a science-fiction movie: gorilla-sized lemurs, 500-pound birds, giant crocodiles, and so on.
In North America, the Smilodon, preyed on large herbivores like bison and camels; the iconic Wooly Mammoth, well adapted to the cold, is thought to have gone extinct only 10,000 years ago; the Teratornis, an epic bird of prey, would have scavenged the carcasses of large mammals; the Dire Wolf, related to the modern Grey Wolf, was larger and more fearsome; and the Glyptodon, which was like a giant armadillo the size of a car, lumbered across Mexico.
What caused their disappearance? Whilst there is evidence to suggest humans hunting were a cause, (natural) climate change is also being debated as being a cause of extinction. And while we ponder their disappearance, iconic megafauna still exist on the planet, and studying pleistocene megafauna serves as a timely reminder as to why we should strive to protect them.
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Unframed 5-colour screen print signed and numbered by the artist
Paper Size: 500mm x 700mm
Edition Size: 25
Paper: White heritage 315gsm
Packaging: Sent in a postal tube
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